Tag Archives: Going Green

Droplet is to Ocean as Choice is to Change

Both significant results: OCEANS and CHANGES, begin with perceivably insignificant ingredients.

Alone, no drop of water can sustain magnificent marine life such as blue whales that grow as large as 100 ft long and sea turtles that have been known to live as long as 250 yrs.

If you can try and imagine 74,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 drops of water coming together to make up the oceans you can easily imagine them being big enough for over a hundred million different species of fish and sea creatures to thrive.

What’s Up with the Ecosystem?

This week I’ve been looking into water conservation and what the current state of our water affairs are actually in. The more research I’ve done has disturbingly revealed quite a desperate imbalance of our ecosystem right now and how quickly our situation is getting worse.

Baby Steps Taken Together

If each of the 6 trillion+ individuals on this planet began to conserve just one glass full of water a day and then steadily join the efforts to begin purifying the water the we have …

How many fresh water lakes would we be saved from drying up?

How many sinkholes wouldn't happen because of our bleeding out underground water sources?

 

Photo CreditsLakes Dried Or Drying Up & Sinkholes

Is it always going to be human nature to want instant gratification? Are big improvements going to be impossible until there is an urgent, present need?

As individuals, we feel impossibly helpless to slow or reverse the impact of over-consumption and contamination of Earth’s fresh water.

Blue Gold: World Water WarsWe watch videos like: Blue Gold: World Water Wars
and see that there are some very real issues to be looked into.

Are we really poisoning and spreading our water sources too thin?

Questions that Need Your Answers

1. Where / When / How do We Start taking action and preventing rather than reacting in shocked horror to the degradation of the water cycle?

2. How can we, such insignificant creatures on this planet, have such a deadly depletion of a force of nature that has been roughly in it’s present life sustaining state for thousands upon thousands of years since the last ice age?

Hint: question number 2 is a statement in disguise.

Conserving and Purifying Water

  • 10 Ways to Conserve Water at home
  • Harvesting Rainwater (more Resources)
  • Learning more about water stocks – “Even as water supplies dwindle, demand is gradually increasing around the world with some analysts calling for global water usage to be 40 percent greater in 2050 than it was in 2000. Depleted aquifers and an aging and inefficient water infrastructure present opportunities for water investors – particularly in the water conservation and purification sectors.” – This info and more can be found at How to Invest Water Stocks by TradingStocks.me
  • Desalination desalinization, or desalinisation refers to any of several processes that remove some amount of salt and other minerals from water.

    – This is the process of transforming salty ocean water into fresh drinking water.

The Blue Gold movie discussed: Project Blue Alternative which highlighted some conservation groups getting together to build water catchments.

Taking Care of Planet Earth

Where am I on the green scale?

I work with technology every single day. I am entertained by it, I am educated by it, I am comforted by it’s ability to keep me in touch with friends and family, and I am certain that if I was cut off from it I would have no idea what to do with myself for a long time.

The best way I can think of to inspire you to consider your ecological footprint is to share the layout of mine.

Our Greatest Impact

How we use up fossil fuels and other natural resources is a most personal decision that we make every single day. These decisions make up your ecological footprint which is often the biggest legacy you leave behind in the end.

The ecological footprint is a measure of human demand on the Earth’s ecosystems. An ecological footprint is a standard measurement of a unit’s influence on its habitat based on consumption and pollution.

What am I doing right?

On the green living scale (from 1 to 10) I am probably a 4 or a 5.

✓ I recycle paper, plastic, aluminum, and glass.
✓ I teach my kids not to just let the water run while we are brushing our teeth.
✓ I’m the sole owner of a 2008 Toyota Prius Hybrid that gets more than decent gas mileage.
✓ And we pay for a program called “the Green Power Option” our electric company that provides our house with a percentage of renewable energy sources. We pay for 100% of our energy to come from this source.

But considering how much energy I use on a daily basis, I know that this really isn’t enough.

Are the Changes We Are Making Effective?

An article about how filthy reusable shopping bags are becoming written in November of 2010, Wegmans said that the growing use of reusable shopping bags means the chain uses 25 percent fewer of the plastic bags.

Is this percentage still rising?

What I am going to research is how things like driving hybrids and recycling is helping. (If it is helping.)

Where Do I Think I Could Do Better?

1. Fresh Water Conservation
Water usage is where I fail my environment.

I take showers that are about 20 minutes long (not 5), I have been guilty of forgetting about washed clothes in the washing machine (and then realizing a day or two later that I have to rewash the strange, almost mildewy smell), and I am definitely not one of those people who go by that rule: “If it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down.” – In fact I think that is really disgusting… ESPECIALLY in public restrooms (which should be avoided at almost any cost.)

Other than being conscious of letting water run while I am not using it, where can I help with the fresh water conservation front? In addition to shortening showers and being more efficient with laundry, I am going to do some serious research this week about how we should immediately start saving our water.

2. Draining Batteries
With a head count of four in our household we go through batteries like crazy. I looked up solar battery chargers out of curiosity to see if it’s possible to use something like that for all of the toys, remote controls, flashlights, etc. It looks like the technology of recharging batteries with renewable energy is still somewhat primitive. (Notice the lack of stars on products at the top of the list from my Google search results.)

I drop off batteries to be recycled at my local post office, but I would love to find an even better solution.

To be continued…